Hundreds of stones and fossils from around the world will be on show at the Multiplex this weekend for Bundaberg Gem and Mineral Society's Gemfair 2019.
Bundaberg Gem Club vice-president Judith Hopwood said the Gemfair 2019 event would be the biggest yet with 50 stalls, and people travelling from all around Australia to take part.
“It certainly will be our biggest yet, with the most traders we have ever had,” Judith said.
“There will be everything from rough and uncut stones, sliced rocks and cabochon cutting, to jewellery.”
Judith said there would be an assortment of rocks and stones, some that could easily take your breath away.
“There will be a lot of specimens, including the breath-taking example of amazing amethyst from South America,” she said.
“And a big examples of perfect crystal formations, so many amazing crystals including the crocoite from Tasmania and the ametrine crystals which is a combination of orange and purple from citrinin and amethysts.
“There will be hundreds of types – everything you can imagine, including the very unusual gems you won’t see in any shops in Bundaberg.”
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Judith has been a part of the Bundaberg Gem Club for eight years and said Gemfair 2019 was an ideal way for locals to check out what the members could do.
“The Gem Club will also have members selling jewellery they’ve made and showcase a large variety of stones and fossils,” she said.
“We will also have working demonstrations including wire-wrapping, and of course there will be the popular children’s activities including the mine and treasure hunt!
“It’s a great opportunity for people to see what we do as there are so many different aspects of the hobby that could suit everyone.”
For example, Judith said when it came to making jewellery there was a variety of ways to master it, from wire-wrapping to LPG heating and acid, and she said what suited some didn’t suit others.
Judith said Bundaberg Gem Club’s Gemfair 2019 would be open Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm and costs $5 at the door to enter.
“This is our main fundraising event for the year, and it helps keep the club open with an affordable hobby for everyone, from young children to retired elderly,” she said.
“We try to keep put fees as low as possible and the Gemfair helps us raise money to do so.”